Leeds United have a host of players out on loan this season, and it seems that the Whites have made an appointment to keep an eye on those loaned-out talents.
Three are based in England, with Laurens De Bock, Lewie Coyle and Conor Shaughnessy out at Sunderland, Fleetwood Town and Mansfield Town respectively.
Pawel Cibicki and Jay-Roy Grot are in the Netherlands with Den Haag and Vitesse respectively, whilst Adrian Balboa is with Lorca, and Rafa Mujica with Extremadura, both in Spain.
With Leeds having a number of young players around the first-team squad, and a couple of misfits in Ouasim Bouy and Eunan O'Kane, others may yet go out on loan in January too.
Now, Leeds director of football Victor Orta has told the Training Ground Guru podcast, as transcribed by Leeds Live, that the club have brought in a loan manager.
Simone Farina will oversee the progress of Leeds' loaned-out players, helping them and trying to make their time away from Elland Road successful, with Orta excited about the new direction Leeds have gone in.
"It’s really good,” said Orta. They are really interesting. We are analysing. We are starting with a loan manager this year, Simone Farina - not in the level like the big clubs - but we are analysing, trying to improve our policy.”
"For me it’s a secondary situation but we have started this situation because it’s really good. It's really good. Help all. Help the club, club receive the player, help the player and try and make the loan successful, not only sign the paper and forget,” he added.
Farina, 37, was a left back in his playing days, emerging with Roma before featuring for Catania, Cittadella, Gualdo, Celano and Gubbio in his native Italy, and then retiring in 2012 having played a key role as a whistleblower in the 2011 match-fixing scandal in Italy.
Best known for his work off the field, Farina was allowed to train with Italy's national team and was given an award by Sepp Blatter for his role in that scandal, served as a member of the Serie B ethics committee, became a FIFA ambassador and even worked with The FA to raise awareness about betting issues among players.
Farina has already had a spell in English football with Aston Villa, serving as their 'Head of Sports Integrity' and as a community coach, and is now back in the UK with Leeds, with Orta seemingly landing a superb character into the Leeds family, though his role will be a little different than his role at Villa.
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